Reason #5 to Care About Climate Change
Antarctica has already been featured in this, but recent news is making it an even more
prominent issue. Last week it was confirmed that a massive iceberg broke off of
Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf. The trillion-ton iceberg is around the size of Delaware, which is
now floating in the Antarctic ocean. Scientists have already decided that maps will have to be
redrawn to account for A-68, the official name of the iceberg, separating itself from the rest
of the ice.
Rift in Larsen C ice shelf, A-68 before it broke off (Dec. 2016).
Scientific American reported Thursday that A-68 has already started breaking up, after
traveling 1.5 miles into the ocean. Eventually, the parts of the ice may part ways. Once they
travel towards the Atlantic ocean, the ice will melt.
can we really blame climate change?
Not exactly. Scientists have stated numerous times that A-68 came from natural causes, but
what happens next may not be. There is not enough evidence to prove it was caused by
climate change, but there isn’t enough to prove it wasn’t caused by climate change either.
Scientists will continue watching the rest of the Larsen C ice shelf, and if more ice starts
breaking off, it is likely climate change did cause this.
If you want to know more about what scientists are saying, check this out